The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 11, 2000

2-Minute Drill
JONES RE-SIGNS The Jaguars re-signed tight end Damon Jones to a one-year contract yesterday. Jones, who was a restricted free agent, will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2000 season. Yesterday was the last day for teams to sign other...
4 Win Teaching Awards Recognition of Career Excellence Also Carries $10,000
Together they have taught for more than 100 years and inspired the lives of thousands of Duval County students. They have instilled a love of Shakespeare, designed a sculpture garden to showcase students' work, encouraged students to always wear...
A Light under the Dock River Grass Illuminated by Prisms
Scientists trying to save fish populations in the murky St. Johns River have stumbled over a bright idea from a 19th century shipbuilder. Ultimately, it could end up on scores of new docks in Northeast Florida. The idea is to harness the light-bending...
Another Option for In-Flight Movies Local Firm Has Blockbuster Deal to Rent DVD Players
Watching movies during airplane flights has gotten a boost from a Jacksonville company that signed a deal with Blockbuster video stores yesterday. InMotion Pictures rents portable DVD players, and movies to go with them, to travelers in seven airports...
'Big Chicken' Needs Reform, Farmers Say
ATLANTA -- Georgia poultry farmers, chicken plant workers and environmental advocates attacked "Big Chicken" during a congressional forum yesterday as an industry that needs reforming "from top to bottom." In response, the industry's chief spokesman...
City Council Agenda
A look at some of the items to be considered by the Jacksonville City Council in its meeting at 6 p.m. today on the first floor of City Hall, 117 W. Duval St.: ISSUE: Legal settlement What it means: The council would approve $92,500 to settle...
Coughlin Keeping Open Mind Jaguars May Choose Impact Player First
Potential or polish? That is a question that faces every NFL team as it decides who it should draft, but for the Jaguars there may not be much of a choice. They no longer may have the luxury of being able to wait for potential. "The way I...
Credits Benefit Charities, Donors in Jacksonville
********** CORRECTION (4/18/00) Tax credit story contained errors From staff A story in The Florida Times-Union on April 11 about the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program contained factual errors and has been criticized by Jacksonville...
Elian Saga Inspires Shameful Behavior
Spinning around the news dial ... click. Amid the shameful behavior surrounding the Elian Gonzalez custody case -- and there's been plenty of it -- leave it to two politicians to stand out in the crowd. Winning the awards for dumbest things to...
Federal Housing Suit 'Likely' in Jacksonville
City attorneys are bracing for a potential court battle after learning that federal civil rights prosecutors have developed evidence that fair housing laws have been violated in Jacksonville. Michael Wedner, an attorney in the city General Counsel's...
Getting Help Stevenson Is Listening to Gottfried
AMELIA ISLAND --- For one week last June, no player on the WTA Tour was hotter than Alexandra Stevenson. The 17-year-old was the first woman qualifier to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, and that performance earmarked her as one of the Tour's next...
Heroic Officers Receive GBI Awards State Trooper in Douglas Gets Award of Valor
DOUGLAS -- A state trooper who braved gunfire to try to rescue a mortally wounded Broxton policeman has received one of the highest law enforcement honors bestowed in Georgia. Trooper 1st Class Lisa Stocks of the Georgia State Patrol in Douglas...
Inspirational Poet Helen Steiner Rice Often Uncredited
Thanks to the dozen readers who answered the reader's request about the Memoriam that ran in the Times-Union. The search for the title of the poem led us down some interesting paths. The title is When I Must Leave You by Helen Steiner Rice. Here...
It's Only Natural Ecosystem at Yulee School Showcases Native Plants, Wildlife
Five years ago, it was a completely unremarkable piece of flat, bare land, a 2-acre square behind Yulee Primary School no one noticed or paid any attention except to cut the weeds once in a while. "It was stripped," said Yulee second-grade teacher...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "When I go on to be president of this great U.S. of A., I will always remember who showed me the way. You have touched our hearts, our minds and our souls, And because of you we can reach all our goals." --- Courtney Western, fourth-grade...
Jacksonville Relief Pitchers Shut Down Smokies
The Jacksonville Suns found themselves trailing after two innings because starting pitcher Tommy Phelps allowed two early home runs. As the Tennessee Smokies found out, however, two runs is all the Suns' pitching staff has been allowing. Buoyed...
JU Football Player Tillman Dies
A Jacksonville University football player died yesterday less than a month after being stabbed outside a local night club, but the cause of death remains a mystery, police said. Sophomore wide receiver Ricardo Tillman, 20, died at Shands Jacksonville...
Modis Building Buyers Have Other Interests in Downtown
Partners planning to buy 13 Jacksonville structures, including the downtown Modis Building at Independent Square, also intend to pursue development of a proposed downtown office building and parking garage after completing the properties' acquisition...
National Acclaim Local Firm Honored by Inc. Magazine
Paul Robbins jokes that he never wanted a big business when he and his wife, Julie, founded Caribbean Shipping Services Inc. and Caribbean Cold Storage six years ago. The couple simply saw a potential need in the transportation of food products...
Plans for 12-Field Facility Fall through, but ... City Keeps Ball Rolling for Soccer Complex
Two years ago this month, a group of 40 volunteers and city officials trumpeted their plans to turn 120 acres of Jacksonville park land into a Taj Mahal for soccer enthusiasts. It would cost $7 million. It would be a joint project, between City...
Rodman Bill Stalled in Senate Park Proposed to Save Reservoir
TALLAHASSEE -- Wading into one of the year's biggest environmental fights, senators stalled a plan yesterday that could help keep the Rodman dam and block restoration of the Ocklawaha River. The Senate Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 4-4...
Singh Rises in Rankings
"You can usually find him at the far right side of the driving range. You'll find him there early and you'll find him there late and you'll find him the next day. ... there is a school of thought ... that holds that [Vijay] Singh is a phenomenon waiting...
State Senate Committee Passes Patients' Bill of Rights
Patients are one step closer to being able to collect punitive damages from their health insurers. The Senate Banking and Insurance committee yesterday passed a Patients' Bill of Rights that allows customers to sue their health insurers and doesn't...
Summer of Dance for Teens Free Arts Program Targets Area Students
High school students from Northeast Florida who are interested in the arts may participate in a new summer program. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Florida Community College at Jacksonville received a $25,000 grant from the state Department...
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